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michael23's Avatar michael23 08:59 AM 07-13-2010
Hello,

I'm looking for a new receiver and am trying to figure out if a feature I want is common enough to have a name:

I live in a small apartment with the kitchen openly attached right behind the main room with my TV. As such, I want to be able to easily switch between two possible configurations: 1) Fronts are fronts and surrounds are surrounds; 2) Fronts are off and surrounds become fronts.

My reasoning is that I want a normal front-surround setup when watching TV, but when I'm cooking dinner I want to spin my surrounds around to face into the kitchen and listen to music as if they were the fronts.

Is this a common feature on receivers and, if so, what it's called?

Thanks very much,

Michael

MichaelJHuman's Avatar MichaelJHuman 09:04 AM 07-13-2010
I don't think there's anything like that. You could get a receiver with a zone feature, and buy two cheap speakers for your kitchen, but that requires analog connections.

You could buy an impedance matching speaker box, and hook two more speakers up for the kitchen. As long as you don't need the best quality, you can buy mini speakers for quite cheap.

For example -

http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PCB3BK-10...9033425&sr=8-5
jdsmoothie's Avatar jdsmoothie 10:13 AM 07-13-2010
Some AVRs have a second set of Front speaker jacks labeled "Front B" generally used for a second set of speakers in the main zone for stereo music listening of all sources digital or analog. You could get an A/B speaker switch and connect your surround speakers to it and then connect the switch to both the Front B and surround speaker jacks switching as desired.
MichaelJHuman's Avatar MichaelJHuman 10:17 AM 07-13-2010
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Originally Posted by jdsmoothie View Post

Some AVRs have a second set of Front speaker jacks labeled "Front B" generally used for a second set of speakers in the main zone for stereo music listening of all sources digital or analog. You could get an A/B speaker switch and connect your surround speakers to it and then connect the switch to both the Front B and surround speaker jacks switching as desired.

I tried something like that once, and my switch shorted the amps. You need a switch that let's you switch between amps. I suspect many AB speaker switches can't be turned around like that.
michael23's Avatar michael23 11:40 AM 07-14-2010
Ok, thanks anyway.
batpig's Avatar batpig 01:11 PM 07-14-2010
if you don't mind the fronts staying on, every receiver has an "all channel stereo" mode where the surrounds would output the same sound as the fronts, which would accomplish what you are looking for.
Guinness77's Avatar Guinness77 01:38 PM 07-14-2010
You can do that with the Sherwood R-972. You can set up different inputs with the measurement microphone pointed at a different "set of front speakers" so that you can rotate the sound field. That way you can just change the input and have the rears act as your fronts.
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